Flummoxed

I’m truly flummoxed. Facebook has completely blocked my blog from their site, saying it goes against community standards because it’s spam. Huh? Spam? It’s absolutely acceptable for me to post Amazon links to my books on my Facebook page, but I can no longer post links to this blog, even though I almost never promote my books here. Well, there that short bio at then end of every blog, but that’s more for self-protection than anything else. Certain sites pirate blogs without attrition, so having that bio there at least lets people know who wrote it.

Another thing that’s confusing about this situation is that a few months ago I was boosting posts to see if I could garner interest in Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One, and they very greedily took my money. Now those posts, too have disappeared along with all the rest of my articles. If they weren’t spam then, why are they spam now? If they met community standards then, why not now?

There’s really no recourse. I’ve appealed, but they admit they don’t give any real explanation, seldom reverse their decisions, and won’t respond individually to any request for reinstatement. Which means, except for a brief message saying that my blog goes against community standards for being spam, there’s no way of knowing why. Did someone report me? If so, why? If someone I angered with one of my “Bob” posts complained, why do they say this blog is spam? And even more confusing, if one person who complains can get another one blocked without any explanation or recourse, why would I — or anyone — want to participate?

One friend who got blocked fought them for four months before finally giving up and starting a new blog, which I’m not going to do. Just because FB is now blocking all links to this blog doesn’t mean that anything has changed here. I weathered Google blocking me (that turned out to be a matter of a misplaced piece of code in one post) and I’ll weather this, too. After all, I’m not writing for FB, I write for me and those who want to read what I have to say.

Admittedly, not being able to posts links on FB will make it harder for my FB friends to find me. If you are one of those friends and are able to see this, I would suggest you follow my blog directly rather than waiting for a link on FB that might never appear. To follow, scroll down a bit and on the left-hand side you will find a section labeled, “Follow Bertram’s blog via email.” Click on the link that says “follow.”

I’ve been on Facebook for twelve years. I joined as a place to promote myself as an author and blogger, and stayed because of all the friends I have made. It seems foolish now, but I’ve always been a supporter. Even when people complained about FB, I stayed. Even when FB changed their policies and algorithms, making my posts invisible to most people, I stayed. Even when they changed the groups all out of recognition, turning them into promo sites rather than discussion boards, I stayed.

Well, no more. If they don’t reverse their ban on this blog, I’m done.

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Pat Bertram is the author of Grief: The Inside Story – A Guide to Surviving the Loss of a Loved One. “Grief: The Inside Story is perfect and that is not hyperbole! It is exactly what folk who are grieving need to read.” –Leesa Healy, RN, GDAS GDAT, Emotional/Mental Health Therapist & Educator.

12 Responses to “Flummoxed”

  1. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    In spite of mild, cheerful manner, I’m like the Scots in that meme about Scotland’s two national threat levels: (1) The bastards, (2) Lets get those guys. So I would be writing a formal snail mail letter to the address from their website indicating a lapse/error in their community standard policy. A blog cannot be called SPAM if, for example, it’s just a few days showing PIX of workers building the blogger a new garage UNLESS there are dozen links in those posts for the carpenter’s business phones and URLs. I would probably say that I have an FB author’s page which, by its nature, is expected to have links to the author’s blogs, amazon pages, website, etc. How, I would ask, can the flog function if the author is banned from posting links to his/her own blog. If I was good friends with a lawyer, I’d ask him/her for me to put a CC at the bottom of the letter implying to the FB brass that’s I’d consulted an attorney. If they still banned me after all that, I’d probably delete my author’s page inasmuch as one reason I have such a page is to link to my blog and sometimes pay FB to boost posts that include the link. Sorry to hear this has happened.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I might follow this plan — it’s a good one. Or I might just forget the whole damn thing. I am not happy. Not at all. I’m not sure I want to continue playing their game. If links to Amazon are not spam, then I’ll just keep linking to my books and hope those who like my blog will find their way to it anyway.

  2. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    Okay, so I didn’t check for typos in that earlier comment.

  3. Edie Weber Says:

    This is a shame . Where can I report all the unsolicited ads on Facebook as spam.
    If only you could get rid of them with one complaint. Don’t give up.

  4. rami ungar the writer Says:

    Yeah, you’re not the first person I’ve heard from complaining about FB. If it weren’t so damn useful, I may consider getting off the site.

  5. Kathy Says:

    Well, you know how I feel about FB. But WordPress is being weird, too. At least on a mobile device. I haven’t been able to “like your your posts for a long time, although I can like other WordPress posts. And fill out the login form every time even though I’m already logged in to comment.

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      I do know how you feel about FB, and I thought about you when it happened. Weird that you have to fill in a login form every time. And yes, there’s something going on with WP. I can’t upload photos with one browser, so I have to use another. And the one I can use to upload photos I can’t use to post. It’s like the whole world has gone nuts.

  6. Judy Galyon Says:

    I don’t understand them either!!! I will just have to be content to follow you on my e-mail. Keep up the good writing!!!


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